Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics


Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics


Lesson Info

The Quick Edit Mode in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements

The quick is going to be a whole lot different, so the quick is going to assume that you know some of the features for going in and using photo editing here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to bring this up, and I'm going to run through some of my basic tools that I have here under the quick editing boat you'll see we have a few more tools here, we have our zoom in our hand tool, but then we're also going to be dealing with selections a bit here and our red eye tool and our teeth whitening and our type and some basic fixing and clean up our crop and then our move tool as well. Every time we click on a specific tool, we will get our options bar down at the bottom here that shows us how we can go in and use all of these tools a lot more in depth than the guided tour here, but this limits it to very basic stuff, basic retouching, red eye whitening, adding some type, just doing some basic fixes cropping here and then we can go in and do some of our adjustments over here, and we'll wal...

k through these adjustments so that we no one understand what it is that we have. So what I want to do is I'm going to call up all the other images that I have open now I can always go under my file menu and shoes open and open those I have several opened already, so I'm going to click on my photo bin down in the lower left, and these were going to be all of the images that we have ready to go. So I'm going to start with my wonderful little nephew, trev, in here, who just so happens to have the exact same birthday that I have, and so there he is, having fun with chopsticks, and I noticed that a little bit blurry right here, and I noticed that I would like to go ahead and do some retouching get rid of the red, clean things up a bit, so this would be the perfect photo to start with. I'm going to hide my photo been by clicking on a little photo been icon that gives me a little bit more space right here, I can zoom in right there, which is also going to work with my command plus is going to be able to zoom in my command minus will be able to zoom out as well, I can go to my hand tool and I can move my image all around here. And of course every time I selected tool I will get options down here of what that tool khun dio for me so I can fit it my image to my window I can fill the screen I can put it to the size of my print here anyway that I want to with the hand tool and with a hand tool I can move everything around on a fit to the screen here and and go back to my drop down menu and close that out so I can fill my screen up really good so I would like to do some basic adjustments on this image I'd like to sharpen it get rid of some of the red you know, sharp in a little bit so over here I have all of my adjustments so I have my smart fix here which allows me to go win and click on different features of this and I can actually see how my smart fixes going tio apply to the image here and is going through and it's basically adjusting a whole bunch of items here trying to make this image look really good. I'm more of a hands on person, so if I click the auto button, I'm not quite sure what it's doing there so I'm going tio just close up my smart fix here and I'm gonna work on this be either exposure or lighting or color or balance right there so if I click on the exposure here this allows me to go in tonight and over exposed or under exposed the image here based on a whole series of presets and I can also slide this lighter back and forth here these presets just give me a quick little jump or go to your place right there but overall I don't think I'm going to do much of that exposure right there the lighting well this is a whole lot more useful with the lighting now I can go in and I can adjust my shadows I can adjust my midtown's and my highlights so with my shadows it gives me a little steps here that allow me to lightened the shadows so they become less saturated and I can see the different examples right here just by hovering over each and every one of these little preview buttons right there I can do my mid tones as well and I can hover over those and that really will wash it out or get lots of contrast. I can go to my highlights as well and with the highlights clicked on there I can see all the different adjustments that I could get with my highlights we also have the ability to go in do auto levels on auto levels worked pretty good with that auto contrast and that seemed to clean that up pretty good other than having it be really red those two auto buttons worked really good so again not a lot of interaction that we have here it's a little bit less than a guided tour but there's still a lot of automation that's being taken care of for you going in under the quick mode here and then editing this hugh saturation and vibrance right there I don't think I want to saturate this anymore and that's going to be a little bit crazy the hugh I don't want to change the hue of any of that but I may want to go into the vibrance here and make it a bit more vibrant so that I could go in and kind of bump up those colors a bit if I take out the vibrance it looks kind of flat so I can adjust that mohr or less than the original image and I can go to my balance here and I can balance the temperature whether it be colder or warmer and I can actually make it a little bit cooler overall just by sliding my slider back and forth and making that happen so that I've got the ability to cool that down by adding some blue warming it up as well that helps to knock down a little bit of the red I can also do the tent overall which allows it to go red, yellow, green, blue whatever color you want and I think I'm fine with the balance right there and then I can also go in and do a sharpened feature, and I can see how we can go through and sharpen this overall, we're gonna have a little sharpening to it, so I've gone in and be able to do some editing with this very quick I'm going to go under my view here, and I'm going to do that before and after, and I can see that I've gone ahead and brought us tone up just a little bit it's still very red and very yellow in there, but it's now a little bit more sharpened old it more fun, so going through and doing this stuff, I'm okay with this, but I think we can do a little bit more well, here's, where the little bit more comes from these adjustments air here because we're under quick guide, but now what we're going to do is we're going to step this up a little bit more, so I have some other tools over here that are going to allow me to work on this image in a different way. One of the things I have here is I've got this great little teeth whitening brush zoom in a bit here so we can see how this works, it's going to work a little bit better the clearer the images when I click on my tooth whitening brush, you'll see I get my options panel down here and I can control the size of my brush so that I can work with editing the size and I don't want to brush that's going to be too big for the space. I'm going to use a much smaller brush keyboard shortcut for reducing or enlarging the brush left bracket will decrease the size the brush right bracket will increase the size of the brush, and with this, I can go in with my teeth whitening, and I'm just going to click over the areas in which I would like to lighten his teeth, and by clicking on these areas, it will select those areas and automatically whitened his teeth as I click on them now, because as I click, you can see it's going to start including areas there, and if it all looks good in it, whitens his teeth, I may inadvertently select a little bit too much, and then I start lightening his lipa's well, and I'm like, oh my gosh, I don't want to have that well down here in the control or the options of that teeth whitening, I have my ad. Button which when I keep clicking it keeps adding more area I can go back to my subtract button here and I can actually click on those areas that I don't want to have included and begin dragging over those areas in which I don't want to go ahead and have whitened so I am controlling that area here by default it's in the ad votes so every time I click it begins to add in here and when I go ahead and they used my subtract mode, I can go in and I can take away those areas and then when I've gone in and I've selected those areas and I'm all done, I can then go back and I'm going to click on one of my other tools here and I can see that I've been able to go in and whitened his teeth just by using that cool little teeth whitening section right there it's pretty awesome so if I want to light on those up, I can go in and use my ad so I add the area in which I want to have lightened and I can use my subtract which goes ahead and takes away the area so it only affects those particular areas in there so that's my cool little teeth whitening brush and it's not just teeth whitening by the way folks this khun b used to go ahead and lighten anything whatsoever. So if I wanted to have something that I want to lighten, it doesn't require me to use the teeth whitening brush just for teeth. It's. Just a great little feature that allows you to go in and lighten any area that you select. Teeth are a very common thing. So that's, what the little whitening, too will allows me to d'oh.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements lets you easily edit photographs and add artistic touches to your images. Join Jason Hoppe for Adobe® Photoshop® Elements: The Basics, as he walks you through all of the handy features found in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 13. 

Jason will help you get the most out of the easy-to-use tools in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements so you can quickly fix problems. You’ll learn how to: 

  • Adjust color and sharpen images 
  • Use layers and make adjustments
  • Share your images on any social network
  • Use photos in books, cards, and scrapbooks pages 
  • Create a custom slide show
You’ll learn how to simplify your editing process and how the face and geo-tagging features can help you stay organized.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is your lightweight alternative to working in Adobe® Photoshop® – learn how to get the most out of this powerful and practical tool. 

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2